More and more schools offer meditation as part of their students’ regular schedules. That’s because studies have clearly shown how meditation can help students both in the classroom and in their everyday lives. To begin with, some of the benefits of meditation for students are the same as for everybody else: better focus, less reactivity when things aren’t going as wished and more empathy, just to name a few. When students have some extra space to decompress, destress, unplug and appreciate the present moment, their emotional health improves. And this, in turn, helps them make the most of their learning environment.
In a nutshell, how meditation helps students isn’t very different from how meditation helps other busy people manage pressure and time imperatives. For students who live with their families, taking the time to sit together in peaceful gratitude may be something that everyone can look forward to and benefit from. Family meditation may also be practiced with very young children as a few minutes of quiet together time. When time is dedicated to connecting, it’s a gift for every member of the family.